We had a ton of fun working on this fun boutique that sells all things related to olives! The main feature of the store is the central tasting bar where customers can sample gourmet olive oils from around the world. We were completely unaware that this world existed but were thrilled to taste and discover such wonderful options in olive oil. Our client retired from her medical practice to pursue this venture, and we feel privileged to help her follow her dream. We hope you make a point to visit her Tuscan-themed store the next time you are in Clayton!
Theme Designer: Suzanne Sessions
Grand Center, Saint Louis, Missouri Client: Winker Properties, LLC
Vessel discovered, purchased, and renovated this long-neglected gem located near the heart of the Grand Center Arts District in Saint Louis. It had “a face only an architect could love”, but we were captivated by the potential hidden behind the bricked-up doors and windows. The structure was designed as a service station by Tom Barnett, a Saint Louis architect of some notoriety in the early 1900’s. Its history is linked to the local automotive industry, which thrived here until a man named Ford shifted the center of the automotive universe to Detroit. A bold design flooded natural light into every corner of a dark cavernous space. Thoughtful design restraint helped the building obtain National Historic Landmark status. Vessel also guided the project through the rigorous Brownfield cleanup process, helping the building earn Missouri’s designation of “cleaned-up property.
Atomic Dust is a creative web design and marketing firm located in the heart of the Locust Business District. Vessel worked with Renaissance Development Associates (RDA) to implement this dynamic design in a Historic Building. Jassen Johnson (RDA) conceptualized the floorplan design and Vessel took it from there.
Adaptive Re-Use projects offer several advantages over new construction;
Smaller environmental footprint: By taking advantage of the existing building envelope we avoid the need for newly manufactured building products and the commensurate environmental impact.
Faster project delivery: It may seem obvious but since significant portions of the building are already built these projects just don't take as long.
Better problems (not more). With good planning by a good Architect you should not experience any more problems than on a new project. But our experience has been that the few problems we do have are often 'better' because they offer fun and creative solutions that add to the character of the design.
We would love to be your architect for your next Adaptive Re-Use and/or Creative Office project! Let's design something great together!
Kodner Personal Jeweler
David Kodner was our jeweler before we were his architects. He is simply the finest jeweler you will ever meet, and the architecture of his new office suite is inspired by his uniquely personal way of conducting business. Throughout the space you will see attention to detail and the richness of natural materials: rough-cut stone, smooth bamboo, marbled cork, stained maple, soft leather, and sculpted gypsum. Three previously separate office spaces were gutted and combined into one unified suite, meeting the practical needs for a large workshop, open office space for his staff, and a private office for David, including a space for private jewelry showings. The biggest design challenge was three large concrete columns that were part of the existing structure. A palette of eco-friendly natural materials creates visually stunning textures that evoke the mysterious origins of gemstones created deep within the earth.
Morning Star Offices
After a successful previous project, we were privileged to have Morning Star Church invite us back to design a Main Office for them. Existing classroom space was converted into a mix of open and closed workspaces with work, kitchen and conference rooms.
Wade Paschall and Marc Lazar had a unique business plan and needed an architect to help them make it reality. Mr. Lazar is a talented wine sommelier who consults for clients across the country. Together we designed a renovation that transformed a run down two-story brick office building into a top-notch wine storage facility. Marc has identified the ultimate niche market that very few people are able to fill!
We designed offices for Marc and his staff, along with an adjacent tasting room so that his clients can visit their wine and invite friends. The storage facility is fully climate controlled, keeping temperature and humidity constant with full back-up systems in case of power loss. It features a state-of-the-art security system and a restricted access lift for transport of the vintages.